Our house is the second from the bottom house that borders the big grassy area with a white rooftop.
Our little babushka
What's up mom?
I'm a happy baby!
Look at my styling outfit!
Opening her new presents.
Thank you Fran!
The shoes fit perfectly.
Baby's helping out with the cleaning.
Madeleine plays with her first helium balloon.
Madeleine's first birthday cake.
Our neighbors Chris and Jonelle buy Madeleine a birthday gift
Madeleine is great at tearing gift wrap already.
Our neighbors' Eileen and Derek pretty patio with wisteria.
Our own pretty wisteria.
There's a fond spot in Nancy's heart for wisteria as she remember her sister, Frances, painting them very prettily while NAncy never did quite master the painting of wisteria.
Madeleine looking for someone to pass the ball to.
And, ready pass. Maybe she'll be a star at playing netball, one of New Zealand's popular girl sports.
Madeleine runs after her purple ball.
Madeleine's usual half asleep state in the morning when she bats her piggy around.
Check out my cutie cherry outfit, even the shoes match.
What this little one thinking?
Chasing the ducks.
These kids play on the black sand beach in Kawhia.
It looks like they're rolling in the mud.
Bryan and Madeleine at the beach in Kawhia.
Another gorgeous beach.
With stunning views.
Baby's looking quite dwarfed by the scenery.
What a little cutie walking in the black sand.
She really loved running around in the sand.
Someone was leaving really little footprints.
our family of footprints.
Who's the prettiest little girl.
The pretty beach went on for miles.
The ocean waves in Kawhia.
A cool little jelly fish-like thing.
More cool footprints from the jumping man.
Our little one needs a nap after a short walk on the beach.
See that little bit of lettuce on her lap. Madeleine got a hold of the bag of lettuce while I was driving.
Madeleine plays in her upside down house.
Madeleine learns to click her tongue.
Our little big foot. They said the foot was 3.48 cm!
Check out the strong legs.
Baby #2 at about 20 weeks, what's that between the legs?!?
Now that's a cute button nose!
Another view of the cute baby.
This baby looks like spiderman too.
A naked girl does a little weeding.
Naked girl wanders in the backyard.
Cutie pie in diapers in the backyard. We have this carpet here so that when she "walks" out the back door it doesn't hurt so much.
The munchichi shows us her dance moves.
Madeleine definitely knows how to say "no."
Madeleine learns how to go to the bathtub when we say it's time for her bath.
Enjoying her favorite time of the day.
Chilling out on her back in the tub.
She's like a mermaid.
What's that look for?
Give it here mom!
Madeleine's ready for her first sailing lesson.
Time to feed the little ducks.
Here's the whole family of ducks.
Feeding the ducks.
There are the pukekos.
Getting a fun ride on daddy's shoulders.
Naked baby gets chased by barking mom.
Madeleine laughs as she's chased by a "barking dog".
On a weekend trip to Auckland we had dim sum and afterwards wandered over to this horse racing track.
It gave Madeleine some practice walking up and down hill.
It was a gorgeous day and felt great to be outside.
Running all the way down the hill.
Getting settled on the Rydges hotel, our favorite place to stay in Auckland.
M can find something to play with anywhere.
The phone looks like fun.
Hello, hello, could I please order some room service?
Naked baby acting crazy.
She loves her bedtime stories.
Happy halloween from the little dinosaury thing.
Do I have to wear this hat thing?
Hey, look at my lizard tongue.
Here comes the tickle daddy.
Fiona catches the purple ball while Madeleine takes some pointers.
The art of sharing the purple ball.
Hugs for the cousins.
Throwing the ball back and forth.
F & M in the tub.
Madeleine and Fiona have a great time bathing.
Who invited you?!?
Little Miss Sunshine
It was a beautiful day for a hike to the top of Mt. Maunganui.
Heather and Fiona creep cautiously up to the waves.
Madeleine plays in the sand as Fiona goes flying by.
Girls playing on the Mt. Maunganui beach.
On the beach.
Two cuties pose behind a flower bush.
Back in the tub to wash off the day's beach sand.
Madeleine in and out of her favorite chair.
The cutie clicks her tongue.
Rolling around with her chair.
On the throne.
Fiona makes Madeleine laugh so hard she falls down.
We're at Hell's Gate thermal area in Rotorua.
At the southern hemisphere's largest thermal hot water falls.
Fiona poses on top of a carved Maori statue.
Frying pan lake at Waimangu thermal area.
Waimangu has very strong thermal activity.
This is frying pan lake, which is at near boiling temperatures due to geothermal activity.
The lake drains into a hot water stream.
The stream has deposits of sulphur and other elements.
This pool is a brilliant turquoise from suspended particulate matter. Every few days it is subject to an upwelling from hot water springs below.
We were lucky to be here just a day or two after an upwelling, which is the only time that the pool isn't a murky grey.
This is Lake Tarawera, created by a large volcanic eruption in the late 1800's.
It was a hot and sunny day.
A prehistoric pan around at Waimangu
A black swan on Lake Tarawera.
Mounta Tarawera is in the distance. Its eruption in 1886 destroyed all living things for many miles, and resulted in this beautiful landscape.
A mini geyser along the hiking path on the way to Lake Tarawera.
We have to keep the W.C. door closed now.
Who's responsible for this mess!??
Oh ... of course!
The girls are playing in the playtent.
More playtent play - Fiona is making Madeleine laugh hysterically again.
Madeleine's first minigolf game
Fiona shows off her putting skills on the mini golf course.
Having a little rest in one of mommy's pots.
Madeleine LOVES playing in the kitchen.
Near the bottom of Mount Tuahara, a strenuous 3 hour hike (up and back).
This was a very difficult hike and on top of that we each had to carry a child up. Madeleine was pretty relaxed.
At one point on the way up we walked through a narrow crevice.
Finally - we made it to the top! And Heather had to carry 27 lb Fiona the whole way, but she never complained!
Another beautiful day.
Mount Tuahara is over 3000 ft high and we hiked from the bottom to the top.
The ground is pretty far down there.
That's Mount Ruapehu and Mount Tongariro in the distance beyond Lake Taupo.
OK one last phot and then we're on our way back down.
Back down through the crevice.
Madeleine fell asleep on the way down. Must be nice!
We've left the steep, rocky, wooded part of the hike and are back out on the open path - almost at the bottom now.
The peak on the right is what we hiked up. Doesn't look so high from this angle but really, it was TOUGH.
Before we left Lake Taupo we took a dip in the cold clear waters of the lake.